Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DLSZ’s Felicia Cui tries out for Ateneo

Felicia Cui, second from left, patiently waits her turn during the tryouts at Blue Eagle Gym last Monday night.
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DLSZ’s Felicia Cui tries out for Ateneo
by rick olivares

Close to 30 girls showed up for a tryout for a few slots for the two-time UAAP Womens’ Volleyball champions Ateneo Lady Eagles last Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Blue Eagle Gym in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

What was supposed to be a tryout for 10 girls for the open libero position that was vacated by graduating senior and the season’s best receiver Denden Lazaro turned into an open tryout as girls from different high schools turned up.

One such hopeful is De La Salle Zobel’s open spiker, Felicia Cui.

“I was told that they (Ateneo) was looking for a libero,” said the pretty 17-year old.” I started playing volleyball when I was in Grade 6. I started out by playing libero but was converted into an open spiker later on. I applied or the libero position but I was surprised when they put me in an open position. I think I made up for that in my receiving. But I am really open to switching positions. Any position that they think is best for me and the team.”

Cui, who went to the tryouts in a Barcelona FC jersey, admitted that she follows the game of football as much as she can and cited Lionel Messi as her favorite player.

She also attended the bonfire celebration for the Ateneo Lady Eagles last Saturday and admitted that she had fun. “They are a really good team that inspires a lot of people,” said Cui of the girls in blue and white. “I love them because despite being beats on the court they are really nice and it’s really evident that they’re all having fun with the game.”

“Last Monday’s tryouts were actually really fun,” added the young hopeful. “I was nervous at first but I thought I might as well enjoy every bit of it.”

In summary, Cui said, “I’m really trying to have as much options when it comes to college ball for me. As of now, it’s an open decision where I am heading.”

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